Since the pro-lifers came up with this awesome personhood idea, I've been dating an ovum named Emily. She's a babe. Obviously, we can't have sex because that would form an embryo, which is a no-no, but we can do... um... everything else.
If you believe citizens should pay taxes, so should businesses. If citizens should obey the laws, so should corporations. If no person is above the law, then no business should be above the law either.
Why do we have trouble defining what a "person" is? The answer may lie in human evolutionary antiquity. It seems that the neuroscientific and evolutionary evidence for a hard-wired but increasingly dysfunctional idea of personhood is compelling.
It's great when we can disagree in a civilized way, but it's getting pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that the phrase "right-wing logic," as delivered by the GOP and mimicked by Mitt Romney, has become the mother of all oxymorons.
Mississippi's "Initiative 26," the "Personhood Amendment" that goes before the voters of the Magnolia State today, appears doomed under the Constitution -- unless the membership of the Supreme Court changes significantly by the time such a measure reached the Justices.
This week the citizens of Mississippi will vote whether to legally assign the status of "personhood" to any human egg that has been penetrated by a sperm. I hope that if Mississippi awards personhood to fertilized eggs, they will take this seriously.
As Mississippi Republicans back away from the personhood ballot initiative that would restrict reproductive rights in the state, Mitt Romney's position on this national issue looks increasingly out-of-touch with a majority of voters.
If we care about home foreclosures, bankruptcies, the national debt, unemployment and human suffering, we should care about stem cell research. All these problems are significantly worsened by chronic (incurable) disease.